BEFORE GOING INSIDE, SHE SAT

Before going inside, she sat

down on the top step

leading to her

lanai,

and offered her body

to the sunlight

and the air,

because

it was too

much for her.

Eventually she rose and looked

down at the emerging garden

in the backyard: lilacs,

irises, chives,

chard and more,

all wanting into her

world.